Bury Vs Carlisle United, Sat 13 Aug 2011


Bury boss Richie Barker is hoping defender Phil Picken will be passed fit for the home clash with Carlisle.

Picken has been troubled by ankle problems but is expected to be expected to be available to face the Cumbrians.

However, midfielder Steven Schumacher was replaced after just 31 minutes of the 3-1 win against Coventry in the Carling Cup first round on Tuesday night.

He is troubled by a calf injury and will play no part this weekend while on-loan Hull striker Mark Cullen will undergo a fitness test as he bids to shake off a hamstring injury.

The Shakers have no other concerns and Andy Bishop, who scored against Coventry, will again lead the attack alongside Ryan Lowe, whose brace against Andy Thorn's side sealed Bury's win.

Carlisle will include new teenage signing James Tavernier in their squad .

Tavernier, 19, was signed on loan from Newcastle this week and could make his debut at right-back in place of Frank Simek, who injured his hip during the opening-day defeat to Notts County.

Tom Taiwo switched from midfield to cover for Simek in the midweek Carling Cup win at Oldham, but is likely to revert back to his usual position.

Manager Greg Abbott has hinted winger Andy Welsh will start his first game for the Cumbrians since arriving in the summer from Yeovil after impressing as a half-time substitute in midweek.

Abbott will be boosted by the return of Lubomir Michalik from international duty and must decide whether to retain Danny Livesey in central defence or put the Slovakia international back into his starting XI.

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